When we arrived we were greeted by shepherds who told us that they had seen an angel who told them that Christ had been born in the town of Bethlehem. We followed the star on top of the "stable" at the end of a dirt road that wound up a hill.
There were bonfires lit for warmth and animals such as: goats, camels, donkeys, and horses with Roman soldiers on them trying find out where the Christ child was (we didn't tell them).
|The Kid feeding a goat.|
|The Teen, right after getting licked on the cheek by this camel.|
|After a short walk, we reached the city gates.|
|At Jerusalem we found more donkeys, goats, swans, camels and sheep.|
|We also found lots of people busy working on various trades, children playing games, and women making bread.|
After we left Jerusalem we headed to Bethlehem, where we heard some angels singing high above us and we followed their voices to a tiny stable. It was actually a tiny stable inside the prettiest barn I've ever seen. There we found Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus. And The Teen let everyone know how surprised he was that the baby was real by saying really loudly, "Hey, that's a real baby!" I didn't take a picture because I didn't want to ruin the moment even more.
After we left the stable, we grabbed some hot cocoa and talked for a moment with the man who puts this together every year. They donate all contributions to cancer research and two charities that work with children with cleft palates. We were happy to contribute to the evening, but it isn't required. It is a free event to anyone who comes. What a wonderful gift to the community. Thank you!